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US Attorney General Barr talks meth epidemic with Montana law enforcement

KALISPELL - U.S. Senator Steve Daines hosted U.S. Attorney General William Barr in Kalispell Friday to discuss Montana's meth crisis. Local law enforcement voiced concerns to the Attorney General including Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino and Kalispell Police Chief Doug Overman. Research from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services shows 23 deaths were attributed to methamphetamine in Montana in 2017. The study shows more than 1,800 criminal violations involved meth in … Continue Reading


Bill naming Missoula post office after U.S. Rep. Rankin heading to Trump’s desk

The three members of Montana's congressional delegation on Friday praised the passage of a bill this week renaming the Missoula post office in honor of the nation's first congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin. The U.S. House passed the measure in mid-October and the U.S. Senate followed suit on Thursday, drawing praise from Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines. The bill is going to President Donald Trump for signature. "Jeannette Rankin was a trailblazer for women's rights and a leader for all Montana… Continue Reading


Senate passes bill to rename Bozeman VA clinic for Travis Atkins

The U.S. Senate passed a bill this week to rename Bozeman's Department of Veterans Affairs clinic after local Medal of Honor recipient Travis Atkins. The House must also approve the bill before the facility at 300 N. Willson Ave., becomes the Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic. The clinic is one of 14 in the state that provides outpatient services to veterans. "I'm hopeful this bill will be quickly signed into law, so that folks in Bozeman and across this grateful n… Continue Reading


AG Barr unveils plan on missing, murdered Native Americans

PABLO - U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a new federal strategy to address missing and murdered Indigenous people Friday during a visit to the Flathead Indian Reservation. On his visit, Barr also discussed methamphetamine-related problems with Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, expressed support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai water compact, and visited an overlook of the National Bison Range, where he heard the tribes' goals for the area. A report released last ye… Continue Reading


Bills to fund LWCF, national parks pass committee

Two pieces of major conservation legislation reached a "milestone" Tuesday, Republican Sen. Steve Daines told the Montana media after a Senate committee advanced legislation that would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the maintenance backlog at national parks. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Tuesday morning to consider the two bills and offer amendments. Tuesday's action follows the passage of a lands package … Continue Reading


Daines helps push funding for LWCF, national park maintenance to Senate floor

With the help of Sen. Steve Daines, the U.S. Senate has the chance to finally consider full funding for a public land and parks grant program and some funding for overdue national park maintenance. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, of which Daines is a member, passed more than a dozen bills out of committee, but two may be of particular interest to Montanans. The first would require Congress to allocate $900 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund … Continue Reading


Mountain-Pacific secured $15.5 million in federal funding for operations

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, of Helena, has secured $15.5 million in federal funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester both provided aid to the organization in securing this competitive funding over the next five years. However, according to Sara Medley, CEO of Mountain-Pacific, this is about half of the funding the organization received in 2014. Medley described the funding as "insanely competitive" and noted that there are com… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines calls out Google CEO in private letter over health care and privacy concerns

Google should explain why it's collecting mass amounts of health care data on U.S. citizens and ensure the information isn't being taken without permission, said Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., in a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai Thursday. In a letter obtained by Fox News, Daines highlights Google's "Project Nightingale," which has the company collecting health data on millions of Americans without sharing the goals of the project. "While I recognize the value of partnerships that are aimed … Continue Reading


Senator Daines in Billings for Veterans Day

Senator Steve Daines will be in Billings on Monday, November 11, to honor veterans. He will be at Will James Middle School (1200 30th Street W, Billings) at 8:15am. He will be speaking at a Veterans Day Assembly that will start at 9am. Veterans are invited to the assembly. Senator Daines will speak at MSU Billings (1500 University Drive, Billings) at 10am in the Petro Theater, along with Superintendent of Huntley Project Schools Mark Wandle. A lunch reception will follow the ceremony at 11:3… Continue Reading


Montana senators deserve credit for their leadership on LWCF in Washington

You have most likely heard plenty in the recent months about the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the political football being played back in Washington, D.C. to secure permanent, full, dedicated funding for the program. While we aren't all the way there yet, we are closer than we have been in decades. Montana can be proud that both U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester have been bipartisan champions for reauthorization and funding of this critical program. To say otherwise … Continue Reading


Tester, Daines announce $13M grant to ‘kickstart’ Mullan area infrastructure project

Missoula County and its partners will receive roughly $13 million to launch the first phase of a major infrastructure project west of Reserve Street, Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced on Wednesday. Daines said the funding will kickstart the project, which looks to lay the groundwork for current and future development between Mullan Road and West Broadway. "This funding is a big first step for the Missoula BUILD grant project and the community," Daines said in a statement issued with … Continue Reading


A fully funded LWCF good for Montana

Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines are applauded for introducing legislation to make permanent full funding for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now Rep. Greg Gianforte needs to get on board. When the state's delegation speaks with unanimity, it wields much more influence in the halls of Congress. Democrat Tester and Republican Daines introduced a measure recently that would allocate $900 million - the maximum - every year for the LCWF. The fund is fed by royalties paid … Continue Reading


Fight moves to funding on Land and Water Conservation Fund

With the backing of Montana's Congressional delegation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund saw permanent reauthorization earlier this year - a significant victory for conservation groups and lawmakers who spent years advocating for the program. Now the funder of major public access projects to municipal parks is in the midst of another debate: How much money it will receive this year and into the future? LWCF uses a portion of offshore oil and gas royalties to fund a variety of conservati… Continue Reading


Daines criticizes Montana for Medicaid fraud

Sen. Steve Daines criticized the state of Montana on Wednesday during a Senate subcommittee hearing, saying its policies on Medicaid has made it more at risk to abuse and fraud compared to other states. He made his comments after noting the U.S. government improperly spent $36 billion in Fiscal Year 2018. "The sad reality is that for every dollar that is lost to waste, fraud and abuse means a lost investment in improving the health and well-being of vulnerable Montanans," the Montana Republica… Continue Reading


USDA Hemp Production Program

The USDA announced the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. It establishes a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States. The 2018 Farm Bill allowed for the legalization of hemp in the United States but with little rules or regulations. The new provisions for hemp production include requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced, testing the levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinoil, better known as THC, disposing of plants not meeting … Continue Reading


Montana delegation works to rename VA clinic for Travis Atkins

Montana's federal lawmakers are moving ahead with their effort to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Bozeman after local Medal of Honor recipient and Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte sent a letter on Tuesday to the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee asking that he advance the bill that would rename the clinic. "On behalf of Montana's service members, veterans, family members and citizens, we write to e… Continue Reading


Daines praises president, troops in death of ISIS leader

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines praised President Donald Trump and U.S. troops Sunday for the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "This is absolutely a great morning for America," the Montana Republican told Fox News journalist Maria Bartiromo. "This is a great day for the world." "It's only fitting that the last sounds that al-Baghdadi would have heard on this Earth would have been the thumps of U.S. forces helicopters ..." he said. Responding to a question from Bartiromo about lack of Democra… Continue Reading


Guest opinion: Credit Montana's senators for conservation leadership

You have most likely heard plenty in the recent months about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the political football being played back in Washington, D.C., to secure permanent, full, dedicated funding for the program. While we aren't all the way there yet, we are closer than we have been in decades. Montana can be proud that both Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester have been bipartisan champions for reauthorization and funding of this critical program. To say otherwise just isn't accur… Continue Reading


Daines: Syria Troop Withdrawal 'Detrimental To Our National Security'

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has earned condemnation from Montana's entire congressional delegation. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester told Lee newspapers earlier this month the order to pull troops from Syria's northern border threatens regional and global stability. Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and Republican Sen. Steve Daines - two normally reliable Trump stalwarts - also have their doubts. Daines expressed his concerns during Wednesday's Senate App… Continue Reading


House passes bill to name Montana post office after Jeannette Rankin

MISSOULA - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to name a Montana post office building in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The Missoulian reported Thursday that the approval came Wednesday to rename the building at 1100 W. Kent Ave. after the Missoula-born Republican known as the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. Officials say the bill was introduced to both the House and Senate in March by Montana Republicans Rep. Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines. Rankin… Continue Reading

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